This is a story about one family's journey with an autistic family member, Steven; as told by his mother. It is also Steven's story from birth to the present as a man in his early 40's.
It is an engaging and emotional story. At the same time, it is an honest portrayal of what it is like to live with autism on a daily basis.
Cindy Rasmussen wrote this story for her children to help them understand what happened in their family when they were growing up, from the perspective of a Mom. Her eldest son, Mark, was only 19 months old when her autistic son, Steven, was born and only 2 1/2 when the first serious problems began. Steven was six years old when Geoffrey was born. So although they were there for most of the journey, they have little memory or understanding of the most difficult years for their family. It is her hope that as adults they can read her account and gain a deeper insight and understanding into things that took place in their childhoods and that this knowledge might help them as they go forward in their own lives.
Cindy says: "If you are the parent of an autistic child, I also want to share our story with you so that you know that you are not alone. Your journey will be different than ours because every child is an individual and every family is unique. Our story does not have a “happily ever after” ending, but it is a story of hope and encouragement. We have found no perfect solutions, and we made many mistakes along the way, but we have found ways to overcome the obstacles and to find joy and fulfillment in knowing and loving our autistic child. It is my hope that our story will encourage you to also find a rewarding journey in life."
For all who read this Cindy would like to leave the message that autism is not just a scary label, it has a face and a personality. She wants you to meet Steven, to get to know him as she and her family do and to learn why they love him and why he brings such joy to their lives and the lives of others. There are many “Stevens” out there, they are not all alike, but by knowing Steven through this story, Cindy hopes to help readers have a greater understanding and acceptance of others like him.
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Table of Contents
PART I: THE EARLY YEARS 1
Introduction – Fall, 2009 3 In the Beginning 5 The Medical Odyssey 9 Diagnosis: Autism 19 Los Niños 29 The Program 33 The Mothers’ Group 43 Volunteering – My Therapy 49 Family Time 55 The New Baby 61
PART II: THE MIDDLE YEARS 65
Moving to Washington 67 School Enrollment 71 First Washington Winter 75 The New School 79 The New Home 85 Special Abilities 93 The Teen Years 99
PART III: THE ADULT YEARS 105
Abstract Concepts 107 A Place to Live 113 The Job Quest 133 The Big Trips 153 Navigating the System: A Tangled Web 159
PART IV: THE FAMILY 167
In Dad’s Own Words 169 In Mark’s Own Words 179 In Geoffrey’s Own Words 185 Some After-Thoughts from Mom 189
PART V: SOME CLOSING THOUGHTS 193
Autism: Then and Now 195 The Future 201 Letters to My Children 207 Acknowledgments 211
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Heart-Warming & Enlightening This is a heart-warming, realistic book about the experiences of the Rasmussen Family as they navigated through the trials and joys of raising their autistic son. Written from the heart, you will find yourself immersed in this families struggles, love for each other, and the love it took to solve the many challenges they faced. An eye-opening book about a real life family. It is always important to learn something new and walk in another's shoes. I strongly recommend it.
This is written so well of this family's journey with autism. I learned so much. I expect this would be invaluable to families who have an autistic member. What a journey!!!!